|Review by moonls||posted 10-30-2011 05:23 PM||8316 views||0 times favorited||20 comments|
I’d been using my Craftsman 16” scroll saw off and on since 2003, and recently, with a renewed interest in scroll work, I started trying to improve my skill. I was becoming frustrated with keeping the very small pinless blades secured in the holders and maintaining proper tension. The other big problem was vibration.
Having researched the different saws on the market, it became apparent that the Dewalt was the best rated of the bunch in my price range. I ordered one on-line and received it within a week’s time. It only required bolting the table to the saw. Then I mounted the saw on the table that I’d been using. Immediately I found it a pleasure to use! Every positive thing I’d read was true: Solid and ample sized table, blades easy to mount and secure, convenient tension and speed controls, and minimal vibration! I was also happy to see (using my Wixey) how accurate the indicator is for table tilt. The collapsing basket I’ve shown needed a 3 degree tilt, a very thin blade and lots of steady cutting! I know I’d not have been able to make this on my old saw.
There is no dust collection port on the machine but I found that making a bracket for my vac hose set up to draw from under the table helps somewhat to keep the dust under control. This doesn’t count as a big negative to me.
I also ordered the stand that is designed for it but have yet to set it up. It requires bolting to the concrete floor and I’m not sure where and if I want to permanently locate it.
Finally I would definitely recommend this saw to anyone who plans to do much scroll work!
-- Lorna, Cape Cod